Pepper is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia and has been known to Indian cookingsince at least 2000 BCE. J. Innes Miller notes that while pepper was grown in southern Thailand and in Malaysia, its most important source was India, particularly the Malabar Coast, in what is now the state of Kerala Peppercorns were a much-prized trade good, often referred to as "black gold" and used as a form of commodity money. The legacy of this trade remains in some Western legal systems which recognize the term "peppercorn rent" as a form of a token payment made for something that is in fact being given.
The ancient history of black pepper is often interlinked with (and confused with) that of long pepper, the dried fruit of closely related Piper longum. The Romans knew of both and often referred to either as just "piper". In fact, it was not until the discovery of the New World and of chili peppers that the popularity of long pepper entirely declined. Chili peppers, some of which when dried are similar in shape and taste to long pepper, were easier to grow in a variety of locations more convenient to Europe.
Before the 16th century, pepper was being grown in Java, Sunda, Sumatra, Madagascar, Malaysia, and everywhere in Southeast Asia. These areas traded mainly with China, or used the pepper locally.Ports in the Malabar area also served as a stop-off point for much of the trade in other spices from farther east in the Indian Ocean. Following the British hegemony in India, virtually all of the black pepper found in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa was traded from Malabar region #KeralaBlogExpress#bloggers#countries#tripofalifetime#travels#travelblogger#travelph#travelphotography
Malayalam is classified as a South Dravidian language. It is the official language of Kerala. About 31.8 million people consider Malayalam as their mother tongue. Possessing an independent written scipt, it also has a rich modern literature. There are at least five main regionaldialects of Malayalam and a number of communal dialects. It belongs to the Dravidian family. Many words have been borrowed from Sanskrits. There are 37 consonants and 16 vowels in the script. Malayalam has a written traditional dating back from the late 9th century and the earliest work dates from 13th century. The script used is called Kolezhethu (Rod-script) which is derived from ancient Grandha Script. Malayalam differs from other Dravidian language as the absence of personal endings on verbs. It has a one to one correspondence with the Indo Aryan Devanagari syllabarry. #KeralaBlogExpress#bloggers#countries#tripofalifetime#travels#travelblogger#travelph#travelphotography
Meesapulimala is a peak in high ranges of Western Ghats in the Idukki District of Kerala. Standing tall at 2,640 metres above sea level, it is the second highest peak in South India. Western Ghats is a mountain range along the western side of India stretching from Maharashtra to Kerala. It is considered as a hotspot of biodiversity and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
On this trek to Meesapulimala, we walk through the high altitude grasslands and mountain rainforest ecosystem that is unique to the Western Ghats. While ascending Meesapulimala, enjoy breathtaking views of the vast plains of Tamil Nadu to your east and the never ending Sahyadri to your west. We start the trek from an altitude of 1,500 meters, gradually climbing to over 2,600m, passing through sholas (high altitude rain forests) and grasslands which are typical to the higher areas of the Western Ghats. The area also has wildlife – notably elephants, sambar, sloth bear and the Nilgiri tahr – the latter being endemic and endangered. We can see the world’s highest tea estate Kolukkumalai in the undulating hills below. We will descend and continue trekking through the sholas and tea gardens till we reach Silent Valley. #KeralaBlogExpress#bloggers#countries#tripofalifetime#travels#travelblogger#travelph#travelphotography
Kerala, the Land of Ayurveda
Kerala possesses an unbroken tradition of Ayurveda that has surpassed the many invasions and intrusions both foreign and native. For hundreds of years the Ayurveda Vaidyas (traditional practitioners of Ayurveda) were almost the only access for people seeking healing from every kind of disease in Kerala. The legendary eight families of Vaidyas (Ashta vaidyas) and their successors treated the entire state for centuries. Unlike the other Indian states the status of Ayurveda in Kerala is not alternative but mainstream. In fact, today, Kerala is the only State in India which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication.
Being the only resort of treatment for the people, the Vaidyars of Kerala were challenged to interpret the theories of Ayurveda and adapt them actively into effective healing systems in everyday life. Thus almost all the contemporary procedures and protocols of Ayurveda have evolved in and around Kerala. #KeralaBlogExpress#bloggers#countries#tripofalifetime#travels#travelblogger#travelph#travelphotography
I swear, this winter has been really harsh on my family. After the kiddos got better, the parents got sick ! What do people do to not get sick helppppp And please be nice and come out!!!! #sooverthisweather
Kerala, India is a magical place that has been bringing flavor and color to the rest of the world for centuries. A state of the country of India since 1956, Kerala sits on the Western Coastline of India, near the tip of the Indian Peninsula, and facing the Arabian Sea. Often called the “Land of Spices,” Kerala was one of the major spice shipping hubs for the globe as early as 3000 B.C. and is still a major grower and exporter of spices and foods to this day. In addition to the flavorful and exotic spices that flow from Kerala, tea-growing is also a major industry, with some of the most unique tea flavors in the world being grown on the inland steppes. Though the agricultural tourism is a major draw, the majority of visitors are more-enthralled with the backwaters, Beaches, and stunningly-green tropical forests.
While there are vast expanses of rural land, canals, jungles and rainforests, Kerala also has urban developments, modern cities, and modern airports and transportation. In-fact, Kerala has the highest media exposure of the Country of India, touting newspapers and media agencies covering news and media in 9 different languages.
Kerala is not only a wealth of modern culture, but its history is rich with with mythology and ancient mysteries. According to legends and mythology, Kerala was recovered from the sea by Parasurama — an avatar of the ancient God Vishnu. These mythological stories were heavily recounted in the Ancient Vedic Scriptures and Epics. If you have not read the Rig Veda or the ancient Vedic texts — which are dated to over 6000 B.C. and tell of powerful gods and spacecraft used on earth — it is one of the most entertaining and mysterious of all recorded histories and mythologies. #KeralaBlogExpress#bloggers#countries#tripofalifetime#travels#travelblogger#travelph#travelphotography